New Delhi: Rajya Sabha on Monday mourned the death
of spiritual guru Sathya Sai Baba, renowned painter M F
Hussain, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorje Khadu and
former Haryana chief minister Bhajan Lal.
When the House met on the opening day of the Monsoon
Session, Chairman Hamid Ansari also mentioned the passing away
of a number of former members.
Describing Sai Baba, who died on April 24 at the age of
84, as charismatic spiritual leader, Ansari said he had a
large number of followers in India and abroad.
Recalling the work done by Sai Baba in areas of drinking
water and education, he said, "In passing away of Sathya Sai
Baba the country has lost an iconic spiritual leader and a
Hussain, who has often been described as Picasso of India,
left "an inedible impact on Indian art," Ansari said, adding
that in his death on June 9 at the age of 95, the country has
lost "an iconic artist who captured public imagination of
people not only in India but also abroad." The painter was a
nominated member of Rajya Sabha from May 1986 to 1992.
Referring to Khandu`s death in a helicopter crash on April
30 at the age of 56, he said in his passing away the country
has lost "an eminent leader, an able administrator, a
dedicated social worker and a compassionate human being".
On death of Bhajan Lal at the age of 80 on June 3, he said
the country had lost a distinguished parliamentarian.
Bhajan Lal represented the state of Haryana in the Rajya
Sabha from August 1986 to November 1989.
Ansari described former union minister Chaturanan Mishra
as a "veteran freedom fighter, an able administrator, a
distinguished Parliamentarian and a dedicated trade unionist".
Lal, who died at the age of 86 on July 2, represented
Bihar in Rajya Sabha for two terms - April 1984 to 1990 and
April 1990 to 1996.